The new imac loads up with fast features, writes Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson
It’s all about speed.
PUT this iMac on your desk and you will find it hard to look away.
To be fair, it would be hard to ignore any 27-inch screen on a standard table, but this giant monitor offers such clarity and such a bright LED glow it would be similar to installing a multimedia wall down one side of your study.
The fact it comes packaged in an elegantly rounded, stainless steel body that hides its computing parts in the back is just as impressive.
But iMac fans have seen this look before.
Apple has not broken the mould, with the latest Apple desktop computer looking like the iMac of 18 months ago.
The real appeal of the freshly released desktop computer lies behind its screen. This iMac is all about speed. Like its portable siblings, this iMac has received a speed boost from Intel’s latest generation of processors.
All models come with a Core i5 model as standard, starting from 2.5GHz, though this can be upgraded to a 3.4GHz Core i7 chip in the priciest package.
This is paired with an AMD Radeon HD graphics card ( 1GB or 2GB) for smooth graphics and 3D image rendering, and up to 16GB RAM for efficient multi-tasking, making the iMac up to 70 per cent faster, Apple says, and a bit of an over-achiever.
In fact, there’s a chance many users won’t need all of this computing power, but it does make editing high-definition video less frustrating and delivers demanding games with little lag.
Even filling the screen with Windows is a satisfying experience and our Core i5 model with 4GB RAM did not falter, no matter how multi-layered programs became.
Apple has added a further important speed boost to this machine – Thunderbolt.
First seen on the new MacBook Pro, Thunderbolt is a new type of connection that offers speedy file transfers ( 10Gbps simultaneous upload and download).
Sadly, there are still few products making use of this Intel format, but when they arrive, current iMac users will be ready.
The other six ports remain the same – four USB connections, Ethernet and FireWire.
Space for a DVD and memory card line its right side.
The built-in camera in this iMac also gets an update, now offering FaceTime calls in high-definition.
And the computer arrives with a choice of a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad for your pointing-andclicking needs.
Pairing this computer with the flimsy Bluetooth keyboard that is included still seems strange though, and Apple also leaves quite a few features out of its new iMac that are available in PC equivalents.
This iMac still comes without touchscreen functionality, for example. Nor does it feature an HDMI connection or media centre-style software for easy big-screen viewing.
However, demanding computer users from designers to budding filmmakers are bound to appreciate the iMac’s speed boost.
This boost should also afford everyday users a little extra flexibility.